Silence (2017)

Martin Scorsese's SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 13, 2017
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Silence ends Martin Scorsese's decades-long creative quest with a thoughtful, emotionally resonant look at spirituality and human nature that stands among the director's finest works.

Amy Nicholson

Scorsese doesn't glorify martyrdom, and he doesn't even hate the killers. He makes death as blunt and dull and useless as a snapped pencil. The point is that there is no point.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This may not be Scorsese's best film, but it's unquestionably his most impassioned.

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Rohan Naahar
Hindustan Times

Faith. Why must we have it? Must we have it at all? And do we - can we - comprehend it? There are no simple answers to this, and perhaps that is why Scorsese is still making movies. Silence is yet another masterpiece.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Alternately powerful and somnolent.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Scorsese's abiding passion and respect for his source material are everywhere in evidence. For once, perhaps, they are a little too great.

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Jim Schembri

As one of the unarguable geniuses of American cinema, Martin Scorsese essentially makes two types of films: those soul-searching works that explore the spiritual side of the human condition; and those films you can watch without losing consciousness.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

For those not exulted by the inner-workings of devotion, it's a slog.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

"Silence" feels like a career summation for a filmmaker who has spent his life exploring his faith through his work. Here is a movie about the importance of religion that will move you, regardless of whichever God you worship - or don't.

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Wenlei Ma

While it is certainly more like an endurance race than a stroll through the park, there is something redeeming in its cinematic beauty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A priest in 17th century Japan has his faith tested by anti-Christian government officials. Interesting for the devout. Not so much for anyone else.
Kevin Mozulay
I've always had mixed feelings about Martin Scorsese. I've found his older movies overrated, and most of his recent entries to be anywhere from great… More
KJ Proulx
Back in the day when films like Ben-Hur or The Bridge on the River Kwai were the films to top the box office, sweeping epics were the box office gold that… More
Jacob Smith
Silence is about as intense of a moviegoing experience as you can get. The cinematography is dark and fits the tone of the film. The overall message is one that… More
Nate Zoebl
A nearly three-hour movie about Portuguese Jesuit priests facing persecution in 17th century Japan and struggling with the personal demands and costs of their… More
Paul Fuchs
Here we have it, a film I've been anticipating for months, from visionary, genius director Martin Scorsese. Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests,… More